STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) – Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday.
Agent Federico Rosa told The Associated Press that Jeptoo tested positive in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September. Athletics Kenya said later Friday that the test was on Sept 25 – just over two weeks before the Chicago race – and that the athlete’s “A” sample “indicated the presence of prohibited substances.”
The federation said it was “disappointed to announce that we have received communication from (world athletics body) IAAF” that Jeptoo failed a test.
Rosa and the federation declined to identify the substance or substances.
Athletics Kenya said its medical and anti-doping commission would meet with Jeptoo early next week to determine whether she wants to have her backup “B” sample tested.
However, Rosa told the AP that the backup test was not required.
“We will legally go after the person or the people that convinced Rita to do this,” Rosa said, adding Jeptoo’s management had “nothing to do with” any doping.